CENTER LINE, Mich. (AP) — An annual high school robotics competition is growing in Michigan.
The organizing group in the state says 280 teams are set to take part this year — the most in the U.S. California is second with 237 teams.
According to FIRST in Michigan, the state has 77 more teams than last year.
They'll compete in more than two-dozen district meets in February, March and April in such communities as Center Line, Escanaba, Flint, Howell, Midland, St. Joseph and Traverse City.
The goal is to qualify for the Michigan State Championship April 10-12 at Eastern Michigan University.
From there, 32 teams will advance to the international FIRST Championship in St. Louis, April 23-26.